‘Periodontal’ refers to gums, the soft pink skin that supports teeth and covers bones in the mouth. About 80 percent of American adults have gum disease, a bacterial infection that breaks down the bond between gums and teeth. And those suffering from gum disease may require more frequent visits to maintain an optimal level of oral health.
Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss among adults in the US, and it has been linked to systemic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory problems and mental dysfunction. Nearly 80 percent of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. If you show signs of this condition, your hygienist will recommend a deep cleaning to remove tartar buildup from around your teeth and below the gum line to help you maintain an optimal level of oral health.
Gum disease has serious overall health implications in that it is associated with increased potential for:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Diabetes complications
- Heart attack/heart disease
- Low-weight births
- Respiratory problems
- Tooth Loss
How We Can Help
Depending on your level of gum disease, your hygienist and dentist will recommend the appropriate periodontal therapy in Chicago, Illinois. If you have mild gingivitis, changing your oral home care routine could solve the problem. However, a deep cleaning is often recommended for mild to moderate gum disease. This procedure involves scaling to remove hardened plaque (tartar or calculus) from below the gum line and root planing to reduce rough areas on your teeth’s roots where bacteria tend to gather and flourish.
Keep Gums Healthy and Strong
Some patients benefit from special mouth rinses, antibiotic therapy or habit changes to reduce gum disease. Regular maintenance visits are required to keep gums healthy and strong. We may use laser therapies for early, moderate and advanced cases. Advanced gum disease cases may be referred to our periodontist, Dr. Rauf Yousef. In some cases, surgery may be required. See below to learn more about one of our proven periodontal disease treatments. If you have questions, you can call 773-684-5702 and schedule to speak to our dentists at University Dental Professionals.